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John Orquiola

Since: 28.2.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.75
Three best lines, I think:

Kevin: "In the memo line, I'm gonna write, "To love's eternal glory."

Creed: "Why haven't we ever--?" Meredith: "We have."

Oscar: "Where could Catholicism be without the Popes?"

Two heads aren't better than Michael's one head, especially when one of those two heads is still Michael's.

The problem with Jim's promotion, which the writers hit on right away, is that his coworkers don't respect him as an authority figure. They don't respect Michael either, but they're used to him. And Jim's idea to only give the sales staff raises would obviously be seen as a maneuver to benefit Pam and him, but Jim couldn't even see that, blinded as he often is by his own good ideas. (Like when he wanted to combine people's birthday parties.) It's a weird dichotomy to the Jim character that he's so against Michael wasting everyone's time but he loves wasting his own time to mess with Dwight.

Episode was okay.

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.19

This was definitely a filler episode before next week's wedding.
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I liked it. I especially liked the throw back to the previous episode where Jim was managing the office for a day and it became clear fairly quickly that he was in over his head. He might have great ideas, but he has no clue how to implement them effectively without alienating portions of his staff. Michael tends to offend everyone equally.

And I also tend to like the episodes where Michael seems to be a little more competent - or, perhaps, his managing style is perfect for the crazy personalities in this particular office - which is why the branch has stayed open while others have closed.

Off topic - the edition of Louis C.K. on Parks & Rec might just save the show. And community was also really funny this week.

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.74
I liked this episode.

Michael bringing a 'World's Best Boss' glass with gin in it was a great moment only to go to the look of terror on their face at the end. I like how they left the whole issue just kind of their without solving it in record tv time.

Super Shane Spear

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.62
I love that Jim Halpert continues to be the Tony Romo of managers.

What was also well done was Rainn Wilson's Kill the Beast song. Seeing Dwight try to get the support of his ex-girlfriend, his rival, and Jim's fiancee was the high point of the episode.

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Spaceman Spiff

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
No mention of Jim doing the "let me rewind back to the beginning" bit, complete w/ rewinding his voice? That's *so* something Michael would do. Jim is totally on the road to becoming Michael Part 2, suckling on Michael's management teat over the course of this season.


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It's odd that they're starting this story arc already though because from what I've read, Jim and Pam are going to disappear for a few episodes after next week while they're on the honeymoon. I'm sure that'll tie into the master plan - it just seems odd that they'd pull the trigger on the co-manager storyline so early.

But, yes, I love that for the last few years every time Jim winds up in charge, he finds himself turning into Michael - making it more and more clear why Michael is who Michael is.

Since: 27.2.03
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
    Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard
    But, yes, I love that for the last few years every time Jim winds up in charge, he finds himself turning into Michael - making it more and more clear why Michael is who Michael is.

That's especially true because Jim worked his way into management from sales, just like Michael did. Neither of them were trained for the job of manager. I also really liked the bit at the end, where Michael had a realization: Jim isn't a rival, he's a colleague. We've seen Michael try to make the tough decisions, and they are tough. Jim thought'd be easy, and I like how Michael indicated that, once upon a time, he thought that it'd be easy too. I just loved that little gear-switching moment.

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    Originally posted by Leroy
    Off topic - the edition of Louis C.K. on Parks & Rec might just save the show. And community was also really funny this week.

I agree that Louis C.K. helped the show this week, but the overall pageant storyline made the episode great. This was probably my favorite episode of Parks and Rec ever.

I disagree on Community. I think the main plot was too dense and confusing, and the sneezing subplot was silly and worthless. This felt to me like a dud after two good episodes.

The Office was great, and this UFC/wrestling fan enjoyed the opening more than most (casual) people probably did.

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